Tidal Bore Rafting
Tidal Bore Rafting
Feel the rush of riding eight to 20+ foot waves in a white-water Zodiac boat as the surging power of the Bay of Fundy's world’s highest tides turns the Shubenacadie River into a water roller coaster you’ll find only in Nova Scotia.
Relax (then hold on tight!) as expert guides take you cascading down white-capped rapids as the incoming ocean suddenly reverses the flow of the river. This fun-filled Bay of Fundy experience, also named a Canadian Signature Experience, wouldn't be complete without a mudsliding adventure too. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and discovery... and a change of clothes.
While not quite an Olympic sport (yet!), you can test your skills in ‘mud sliding’ in the smooth and slippery mud that coats the Shubenacadie River bed while out on a tidal bore rafting adventure. The Shubie’s banks are formed from a soft mud that is naturally slick. So with a cautious jump or a running dive, embrace that inner-child who loved playing in mud puddles and get dirty.
Bay of Fundy Tide Times
A visit to Nova Scotia is not complete without witnessing the incredible tides of the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy’s incoming tide causes the tidal bore when the force of the incoming tide reverses the flow of out-flowing rivers connected to the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin. It is an amazing natural phenomenon to view - on land, such as on the viewing platform at the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre, pictured here, or on a tidal bore rafting adventure. Be sure to time your tidal bore viewing experience correctly by checking timing at the location where you plan to view the incoming tidal bore.
The Power of the Tide
160 billion tons of water move in and out of the Bay of Fundy. Every day, twice a day. That’s more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers on our planet. It’s the highest tide in the world, and this remarkable phenomenon has created a unique seascape.
Home to 15 species of whales, marine life goes with the flow here. There are even spots on the Bay of Fundy where you can walk on the ocean floor after the tide drops the height of a four-storey building. Looking for a one of a kind experience? You can dig for Canada's oldest dinosaurs, participate in a 5k/10k walk/run event on the ocean floor during the Not Since Moses, or dine on the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head Park, site of the highest recorded tides in the world.